Deloitte's interview questions explained

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As part of Deloitte’s final stage assessment in its graduate interview process you can typically expect an interview, a presentation and a group exercise. The firm reminds candidates to relax, listen carefully and express themselves carefully. Additionally, it advises applicants to ‘review your immersive online assessment feedback report and consider the questions you’re likely to be asked’.

Deloitte interviews tend to last up to an hour and include a mix of different question types:

  • Past-example ( competency-based ) questions give an insight into the skills you have demonstrated in the past.
  • Motivation questions (a form of strengths-based interview questions ) help recruiters to understand what drives you and what interests you about Deloitte and the role you have applied for.
  • Scenario questions (another type of strengths-based questions ) ask you to consider what you think you would do in a hypothetical work-based situation.
  • Questions about you help recruiters get to know what’s important to you, how you like to work and whether this aligns with Deloitte’s values ( values-based interview questions ).
  • Topic questions give an insight into your thoughts and ideas relating to topics that present issues for Deloitte, society or both.

Below are just a few examples of the kinds of questions you could be asked at different stages of the intern and graduate recruitment processes at Deloitte – and advice on how to show recruiters, in your answers, that you possess the competencies they’re looking for. The questions you’re asked may well be different, but practising how you’d answer these (and perhaps using them for a practise run with a friend playing the part of the interviewer) will be great preparation for your Deloitte interview.

Deloitte interview question 1: Why Deloitte?

This question might be phrased as ‘Why do you want to work for Deloitte out of all the Big 4 professional services firms?’.

How to approach the question : Employers always tell students to use examples in their interview answers, and this is no different. You can demonstrate your commercial awareness and career motivation by giving a couple of examples about what Deloitte is currently doing.

The points you make should show that you have thoroughly researched the company – simply referring to Deloitte’s annual turnover or first quarter results doesn’t say very much and won’t make you stand out from the competition. You can still cite these results, however, as long as you talk about what they mean. Think about other recent developments and explain how these developments are relevant to you and your interests.

Don’t say : Anything to do with a ‘strong reputation for excellence’, ‘the chance to work with pioneers in their fields’, ‘working within a true meritocracy’ or anything that sounds equally sycophantic.

Deloitte interview question 2: If you were running Deloitte for a day, what would you do?

How to approach the question : Deloitte is looking for someone who can make and implement clear decisions and has exceptional planning and organisational skills. You will likely face follow-up questions that challenge your opinions; your interviewer will play devil’s advocate to make sure you have considered things from every angle.

You could suggest, for example, that you would identify a number of areas for the business in the technology sector. If you gave an example, you would have to consider the potential impact on Deloitte’s other geographical markets and additional service lines, as well as the long-term impact on business development in these areas.

Don’t say : You would make wholesale changes and focus only on one or two markets alone. The example above highlights the technology sector but remember to think about how your actions here impact on the rest of the business. You can easily fall into the trap of focusing only on what you are interested in, rather than what’s in the best interests of the international business as a whole.

Deloitte interview question 3: What challenges is Deloitte currently facing?

How to approach the question : This is a particularly fun question because you can really sell yourself in terms of the value you could bring to Deloitte and highlight your commercial awareness. The best place to start is the ‘Newsroom’ section of Deloitte’s website. You need to take some company news and spin it around to relate to what you do. Just relaying a piece of news that the recruiters are already aware of isn’t enough; you need then to be able to say, ‘What this means for the company is X’, and, even better, ‘This is what it means for the division I’m applying to, and how it might affect things we have to consider here in the UK’.

Don’t say : That the current economic climate makes things difficult for Deloitte. You’ll need to know plenty about local, national and international economics, certainly, but this is the bare minimum – you need to be more specific.

Deloitte interview question 4: What does the ACA (or another professional qualification) involve?

How to approach the question : Everyone is going to go to Deloitte’s website and note down its content. The problem with this is that Deloitte’s website doesn’t actually provide much information about the ACA qualification, aside from the absolute basics. A more interesting candidate would investigate the providers of the qualification they would be taking as a graduate trainee and find out who Deloitte’s specific training partners are. Contracts for this kind of training vary quite a lot in the industry, so it’s useful to keep up to date with the different partnerships. The content of the ACA will always stay the same, but how it is taught and how much personal study is involved will vary, so look into this to help your answer.

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